We can’t say if it’s good news or bad news, but Fusion Garage has finally decided to pull the plug on the JooJoo tablet. As to what prompted the company to bring the curtains down on the tablet, it’s no secret that the JooJoo fared rather poorly in the retail scene. Fusion Garage also had some legal issues to confront right from the start, when the JooJoo was in its pre-launch days and that also might have led JooJoo production to a complete halt. It was just in October when founder and chief executive of Fusion Garage, Chandrashekar Rathakrishnan, had refuted all rumors of the tablet going off production.
“There have been many articles forecasting our demise, and I am very pleased to refute each and every one of them. We have made great progress as a company, and that progress is setting the stage for an exciting New Year,” Rathakrishnan had stated at the end of October. “We have just closed a new round of investment– $3M USD – and we have another round in progress that we hope to announce in November.”
While the total investment was expected to be to the tune of $5 million, what we are getting to know instead is the demise of JooJoo. However, there are a slew of products coming our way from Fusion Garage and all of these have been confirmed to be completely new devices built on a new platform that are not even backwardly compatible with the JooJoo.
The new products that we can expect from JooJoo, and which number to around 2 0r 3, will be ready by the first quarter of 2011. All of these will be in the sub 12 inch category of tablet and will have some form of Android as the operating system. The tablet will also have access to the Android Market while users will also get to download the apps into their devices, contrasting to the JooJoo that depended on web Apps to get tasks done. The new tablet will also come with their own storage units (one more thing that was missing on the JooJoo).
The new tablets don’t have a name yet.